Red 5 – The Williams FW14B

Red 5 – The Williams FW14B

Formula 1 and Indycar might appear very similar on the surface, but in reality, the cars are very different. It takes a special driver to be able to compete at the top level in both. Once such driver was British legend, Nigel Mansell. Mansell is the most successful British driver of all time, with 31 GP wins to his name. In 1992, this car, the Williams FW14B took him to championship glory, winning the Formula 1 drivers title. In 1993, he traveled across to America and won the CART (Indycar) championship in his rookie year, the first person to do so. And he did all of this whilst sporting his trademark flat cap and mustache…

The car was designed by aerodynamic genius Adrian Newey, coming from the cash strapped March team. With Williams massive financial and technical resources at his disposal, he was able to create a world beating race car. Packing a 3.5 litre V10 Renault engine, the car was incredibly advanced for it’s time, featuring active suspension, a semi automatic gearbox, traction control and (until it was banned) anti-lock breaks. During it’s time on track, the FW14B notched up 17 grands prix, 21 pole positions and 289 points before being retired. Due to recent restrictions on the technology permitted in modern F1 cars, the Williams remains one of the most advanced Formula 1 cars ever built.

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